It was a stormy, moonless night, and we were cooped up in the Cocktail Party labs searching the perfect new cocktail recipe to test. Inspiration struck in the form of the Storm King, by mixology legend Damon Boelte of Brooklyn’s Grand Army. It’s the perfect drink for such a cold, wet evening – the genius combination of blended Scotch (not too smoky!), walnut liqueur, and honey-tinged Bénédictine (a sweet herbal liqueur), laced up with spicy bitters, warmed us up right down to our skeletons.
Pro tip: don’t hold back on the brandied cherry garnish! When we make a Storm King, we load up the cocktail pick with as many cherries as it can bear; after the drink is gone, the spicy booze-soaked cherries are a final reminder of this tasty tipple.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.
- Storm King from Grand Army at Imbibe